|Introduced||16 October 1997|
|TLD type||Country code top-level domain|
|Sponsor||Ministry of Communications and Information Technology|
|Intended use||Entities connected with Afghanistan|
|Actual use||Gets some use in Afghanistan|
|Registered domains||5960 (26 August 2020)|
|Registration restrictions||Third-level names have restrictions based on which second-level name they are beneath.|
|Structure||Registrations are taken directly at the second level or at the third level beneath various second-level subdomains|
|Documents||ICANN MoU; Policies|
|Dispute policies||Dispute resolution procedures|
Registration is made directly at the second level, or on the third level beneath various categorized subdomains at the second level. Third-level domains have restrictions based on which second-level domain they are registered under. Registration on the second level is unrestricted, but more expensive. All fees are higher for international registrants.
The .af domain was delegated to Abdul Razeeq in 1997, a year after Taliban fighters had captured Kabul and founded the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. NetNames of London initially maintained the domain following an agreement with the IANA. Razeeq later disappeared, halting some services. The domain was reopened on March 10, 2003, as a joint program between UNDP and the Afghan Ministry of Communications.
- "Domain Count Statistics for TLDs". domaintools.com. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
- "IANA Report on Redelegation of the .af Top-Level Domain".
- Pitman, Tom (8 March 2003). "Afghanistan to Launch Internet Domain". ourmidland.com. Midland Daily News. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
- Bode, Karl (31 August 2021). "Afghanistan's Government Websites Are Frozen in Time". Vice. Retrieved 30 December 2021.
- Stokel-Walker, Chris (7 September 2021). "The battle for control of Afghanistan's internet". Wired UK. Retrieved 30 December 2021.
- "Dot AF New Announcement". nic.af. Retrieved 26 August 2020.